Alleghany Highlands Regional Library • 406 West Riverside St. • Covington, VA 24426 • (540) 962-3321

Reference and Research

The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library and the Alleghany Highlands Genealogical Society have collaborated with the Library of Virginia to offer online editions of over 100 yearbooks from local high schools dating from 1921 until 1976.

Ancestry Library Edition is your portal for's popular collection of more than 7,000 databases and 200 billion images, including immigration records, censuses, vital records, family histories, court and legal documents, directories, photos and maps.  This is only accessible from within the library!

Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV!

Gale Virtual Reference Library is your single source for eReference aimed at the needs of students, researchers, professionals and general readers, offering more than 7,000 authoritative, full-text titles—from Gale and a host of premier publishing partners— within 18 subject areas researchers study most.

Literati Public includes a core collection of over 3 million full-text entries in relevant subjects such as health, history, literature, languages, technology, science and more, from trusted publishers such as Dorling Kindersley, ME Sharpe, Grey House Publishing, SAGE Reference, Barron’s, Wiley, Elsevier and many others.

Mango Languages is language learning for the adventurous, the ambitious and the curious. Follow the link to try out this amazing resource and learn one of 12 fun new languages!

The Blue Ridge Download Consortium is powered by OverDrive and ready to serve you with a great selection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks to enjoy on your Nook, Kindle, iPad, iPod, mp3 player, or many other devices.

Zinio, the world's largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from a large collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

Whatever your goal, Learning Express Library 3's resources will help you succeed. Each of our Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. The olderLearning Express Library 2.0 is still available for a limited time.  If you have tests you'd like to finish, you may access them here.

Grolier Online Passport is a portal to various non-fiction and reference sources.  It includes encyclopedias, periodicals, web links, maps, videos, and images.  Use it for starting general research in any subject.

Find it Virginia is a collection of databases that provide free 24/7 access to resources such as newspapers, magazine and journal articles, and books such as encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests

Heritage Quest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources.  The collection consists of six core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records, and LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set,

With the Virginia Day By Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar, you and your child can embark on an adventure together through books and reading and the many fun-filled activities that spring from them.  This calendar will help identify events and activities that support early learning and ensure that your child is ready for school and ready to read independently.  

Alleghany Highlands Regional Library

Serving Alleghany County and the City of Covington

406 West Riverside St. • Covington, VA 24426

Phone: (540) 962-3321 • Fax: (540) 962-8447

M-W-F=9:30 am to 5:30 pm | T & TH=9:30 am to 8:30 pm | Saturday=9:30 am to 2:30 pm | Sunday=Closed